Month 2, Day 12 of this Writing in Public challenge.
I rolled out of bed after crashing around 4 a.m. at 1 p.m., so actually got nine hours of sleep. Wonderful. Old guys like me sometimes need that much sleep.
Headed up to WMG Publishing (after getting the snail mail) around 2 p.m. for the standard Thursday business meetings and lunch. Got that finished around 4:30 p.m., so headed downstairs to my office there to work on covers and managed to get two done for Smith’s Monthly.
I’ll put them up here and on the new site when I announce the magazine in a couple of days. The covers will be at the start of every story in the magazine. And then two months later they will be on the books that are for sale everywhere.
Then around 7 p.m., Kris and I walked down to a restaurant and had dinner, then walked back to the offices and both of us were home by 9 p.m.
Kris went back to reading my novel Thunder Mountain that I finished earlier in the week and she had started to read over the last day or so. I went to work on the story “Dreams of a Moon” (changed the title from the original start). I finished it about the time Kris finished reading the last part of the novel. She liked the novel, no real problems, so it will be in Smith’s Monthly #2 coming out in November.
(She said it read smooth and couldn’t tell at all where I dropped chapters out that were side loops. Yeah!)
I printed up the short story and she read it and liked it as well, so I fixed the typos she found and sent it off to Allyson at WMG Publishing. It will be in Fiction River: Moonscapes coming out in early 2014.
We then took a break and watched some television, then I went back to work in my office around 1:30 a.m. on getting a new author bio to Allyson at WMG Publishing (It’s up under “About the Author here) and a blurb for the book Dust and Kisses and a blurb for the nonfiction humor golf book that also starts in Smith’s Monthly #1 and will run for three months. Allyson is doing the covers for both next week.
I got all three done and turned in as well.
And yes, I said nonfiction golf book serialized in Smith’s Monthly. It’s short, I promise. I think the entire book is only 15,000 words long, so it will run in three parts. Here’s the blurb I did for the book which will come out a couple months after Smith’s Monthly #3 is released.
The First Tee Panic Book (and other golf stories)Former PGA Golf Professional and USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith walks you step-by-step, club-by-club from your car to the first tee and beyond in a laugh-out-loud style that not only teaches, but entertains. Any golfer recognizes the fears, the patterns, the downright horrors of the first shot of a round. Ever topped that first shot just off the front edge of the tee box? Or worse yet, whiffed it completely? Come on, admit it. It happened. Remember? The problems with that first shot don’t start with the swing. Nope, the problems start in the parking lot. And this book will get you flawlessly from the parking lot, through the clubhouse, onto the driving range, over the putting green, and finally successfully off the first tee with a smile.
The novel, Dust and Kisses, will be in the first issue of Smith’s Monthly as well.
So then I sat to work on almost completely redrafting an old Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing chapter. I’ll have it up next week some time. I want to get two or three chapters ready at the same time to put them up over a week or so. And I still hope to have that book done sometime toward the end of October.
I’m going to pick up fiction writing speed now through the end of the month, so stay tuned. I have four short stories to write for the second issue of Smith’s Monthly and I want to give that novel in ten days a shot again the last ten days of the month. Again, we shall see. (grin)
(And then the internet went down just as I was about to post this, so watched television until 6 a.m. and now internet is back up and I can go to bed.)
Totals For Month 2, Day 12
– Daily Fiction: 1,600 words. Fiction month-to-date: 26,350 words
– Nonfiction: 400 words. Nonfiction (non-blog) month-to-date total: 2,600 words
– Blog Posts: 900 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,650 words
– E-mail: 15 e-mails. Approx. 500 new words. E-mails month-to date: 474 e-mails. Approx. 13,100 words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 5 Covers
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Stories and Projects Finished This Month So Far
In order of production with the most recent at the top.
And Where and When You Will Be Able to Find Them
— Short Story titled “Dreams of a Moon” finished and turned in to WMG Publishing. It will be published in Fiction River: Moonscapes to be published in February 2014. Approximately 4,700 words long.
— Full manuscript for Smith’s Monthly #1 turned in to WMG Publishing for proofing. It will be published in October 2013. Approximately 90,000 words long.
— Full manuscript for Fiction River: Moonscapes turned in to WMG Publishing. It will be published in February 2014. Approximately 70,000 words long.
— Novel titled Thunder Mountain. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #2 published in November 2013. Approximately 60,000 words long.
—Introduction for Smith’s Monthly #1. It will appear in Smith’s Monthly #1 published in October, 2013. Approximately 1,100 words long.
— Introduction for Fiction River: Moonscapes. It will appear in Fiction River: Moonscapes published in February 2014. Approximately 600 words long.
— Forward for Fiction River Special Edition: Crime. It will appear in Fiction River Special Edition: Crime published in March 2014. Approximately 500 words long.